Minnesota Hunter Accidentally Shot and Killed by Another Man Hunting

by Suzanne Halliburton

A Minnesota hunter accidentally killed another hunter last week after he mistakenly thought he was shooting at a deer.

Police identified the man who died as Lukas Dudley, a 28-year-old father of three. Dudley was hunting last Wednesday. It was around dark. And he was near Red Lake Reservation, an area that covers nine counties in northwestern Minnesota.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement saying it received a report from the FBI and the Red Lake Tribal Police last Wednesday night. The agencies said they were investigating a hunting-related incident.

The report identified the other hunter as Rain Stately, 33. The sheriff’s department said Stately “observed movement of what he thought was a deer and fired one round from his rifle.”

Dudley and Stately weren’t hunting together. It’s unclear whether they knew each other.

Minnesota Hunter Called Police When He Discovered He’d Shot a Man, Not a Deer

The sheriff’s department said Stately immediately called 911 once he discovered he’d shot Dudley and not an animal. An autopsy is pending.

Dudley wasn’t wearing blaze orange or other kinds of high visibility clothing that could identify him as a hunter. Minnesota requires hunters wear blaze orange or blaze pink on their cap or outer clothing for safety reasons. Deer cant tell the difference in colors, but humans can.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Enforcement also is part of the investigation.

Authorities have not said whether Stately face any charges in connection with Dudley’s death.

Dudley was a life-long resident of the area. He made a living as a logger. His obituary said he loved the hunting, fishing and being outdoors. Dudley also loved to cook. His survivors include his fiance, his children, parents, sister, aunts and uncles. His funeral is Friday in Minnesota.